Work-Life Balance

How To Improve Work-Life Balance: Top 5 Tips

Today, we celebrate Labor Day! To many, this day is just another holiday where we get to relax, take some time off work, and do what we want. While that’s definitely part of it, this is also a holiday steeped in history, celebrating the achievements of workers with a well-deserved break! What better time to talk about work-life balance?

The Importance of Work-Life Balance

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“Work-life balance” has become a cliche, and chances are you’ve heard of the term more than you can remember… but what does it actually mean? 

Simply put, it’s about not letting your job run your life. It’s about setting boundaries between work and personal time, which is crucial for our physical fitness and mental well-being. When we manage this balance, we’re talking fewer burnouts, a happier mood, fewer sick days, and yes, even better work!

Less is sometimes more. Here are a few ways improving your work-life balance helps you in the long run:

Reduced Stress and Burnout

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Excessive work demands without adequate time for personal life can lead to increased stress and burnout among employees. Research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) show that high levels of job stress are associated with lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and increased healthcare costs.

Burnout can also lead to the rise of presenteeism, wherein workers physically show up at work but aren’t mentally present, leading to impaired work performance, as shown by a 2019 study.

Improved Physical and Mental Health

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Work-life balance is closely linked to better overall health outcomes. In fact, a 2023 study found that employees who reported better work-life balance experienced fewer health issues and were less likely to take sick leave. Good health is a cornerstone of productivity, as employees who are physically and mentally well are better able to focus, concentrate, and perform at their best.

Enhanced Job Satisfaction and Engagement

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Employees with better work-life balance are more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs and committed to their organizations. Research conducted by the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) backs this up, finding that employees with better work-life balance are 21% more likely to put more effort at work. Higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement are strongly associated with increased productivity and performance.

Increased Motivation and Creativity

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Balancing work with personal life allows employees to recharge and rejuvenate, enhancing motivation and creativity. A 2020 study shows this, finding that employees who engage in activities outside of work, such as hobbies and leisure pursuits, are more likely to experience greater levels of creativity and innovation in the workplace. 

By fostering an environment that supports work-life balance, organizations can tap into employees’ full potential and drive productivity through increased creativity and motivation.

Strategies for Employers to Promote Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a joint effort. While employees can better achieve this by managing their time, being more efficient and knowing how to prioritize, employers also play a key role in building a non-toxic workplace wherein employees are able to get their work done while still setting boundaries. Here are some strategies you can implement in your own workplace:

#1 Flexible Work Arrangements

Offering options such as telecommuting, flexible hours, compressed workweeks, or job sharing allows employees to manage their personal commitments better while still fulfilling their work responsibilities.

#2 Clear Communication of Expectations

Ensure that employees understand their roles and responsibilities clearly, along with any expectations regarding work hours, availability, and deadlines. These help prevent misunderstandings and conflict in the workplace.

#3 Encouragement of Paid Time Off (PTO)

Emphasizing the importance of rest and relaxation can encourage employees to use their vacation days and other forms of PTO. You may even want to consider incentives for taking time off. Remember, this will only help your business in the long run by allowing you to keep your best people with you.

#4 Wellness Programs and Resources

Offer wellness programs that focus on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This could include fitness classes and mindfulness workshops.

#5 Promotion of Boundaries

Encourage employees to set boundaries between work and personal life by avoiding after-hours emails or calls, especially during non-emergency situations. Lead by example by respecting these boundaries yourself and encouraging managers to do the same.

Labor Day as a Reflection on Workplace Practices

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Labor Day isn’t just a day off; it’s a nod to the fair treatment of employees. It’s a perfect moment for companies to think about how they can help their teams juggle the demands of work and home. It’s about making sure everyone gets to unplug without worrying about a pile of emails waiting to ambush them!

Activities to Celebrate Labor Day with a Focus on Work-Life Balance

This Labor Day, why not throw a company picnic? Get everyone outside, maybe even their families, and have some good old-fashioned fun. Or how about a day of relaxation activities? Bring in a yoga instructor or organize a casual sports match. It’s all about unwinding and having a good time together.


As we gear up to kick back this Labor Day, let’s remember it’s more than just a break. It’s a chance to think about how we can all foster an environment where work and life coexist peacefully. Here’s to enjoying our work and our lives to the fullest!

To know more ways to improve your company’s work-life balance without compromising output, feel free to reach out to us at HoliFit – the number one employee well-beingcompany in Makati.

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